Obolonskiy district court of Kiev refused to involve the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation to the organization of video conference with Viktor Yanukovych, but agreed to clarify its decision about the participation of ex-dictator in the meeting in the videoconference mode. The decision was announced, the presiding judge Vladislav Devyatko, the correspondent LIGA.net.

To apply international legal assistance for the organization of the meeting was demanded by the lawyers of Yanukovych. The procedure involves treatment of the Ukrainian Ministry of justice the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation and the Rostov court.

“Yanukovych wants to participate in all meetings, including the preparatory, the beginning of the process, and his right may not be restricted. We insist on this,” said the lawyer Vitaly Serdyuk.

The prosecution is not opposed to the court explained the procedure to the lawyers, although do not agree with the court decision about video conferencing.

“You gave the defense three choices. But neither the defendant nor defense right is not used. Side protection is only the manipulation of their right,” said prosecutors.

They recalled that Yanukovych is on the run, so the only viable option is his personal presence in court.

“Access to justice the court gave. What other quick options are needed? This is aimed at the manipulation of public opinion and delaying the process”, – said the Prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko.

The court refused to draw the bodies of justice of the Russian Federation to the organization of communication Yanukovych, but agreed to clarify the position.

“The court is compelled to remind the defense that the accused Yanukovych Viktor Yanukovych is accused of treason against Ukraine in favor of Russia, aiding the change of borders of the territory of Ukraine in favor of Russia and aiding and abetting the waging of aggressive war on the part of the Russian Federation… taking into account the statements of Yanukovych, that he can’t come to Ukraine, the court provided it the right to participate in videoconferencia… from anywhere in the world and Russia… With a felony, the court considers that the request for international legal assistance within the framework of this case to the Russian Federation would be contrary to the aims and objectives of the conventions who had previously been signed between Ukraine and Russia,” added the judge.

Today, 18 may, the preparatory meeting of the Obolonsky district court began without Yanukovych.

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28 November 2016, the Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko to Svyatoshynsky district court of Kyiv announced the notification about the suspected Yanukovych of treason. On 15 December the Pechersky district court of Kiev allowed to detain Yanukovych and deliver it to the court, 20 January 2017, the court gave permission for the correspondence, the investigation against the former dictator.

On March 14, the Prosecutor passed to the court indictment against Yanukovych. He is suspected of committing crimes under part 1 of article 111 (high treason), paragraph 5 of article 27, part 3 of article 110 (intentional complicity in acts committed with the aim of changing the boundaries of the territory and the state border of Ukraine) and part 5 article 27, part 2 of article 437 (aiding in waging aggressive war) of the criminal code.

Earlier in the meeting, the lawyers of Yanukovych, said the head of GPU, Yury Lutsenko allegedly has the ability to influence the work of the court due to the presence of disciplinary proceedings against presiding judges.

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The court refused the assistance of the Russian Federation on the organization of video conference with Yanukovych 18.05.2017

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